Abdul Qadir Mumin

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‘Abd al-Qādir Mū‘min (born c. 1950s) is a Somali-born British citizen and the leader of the Islamic State in Somalia. He was formerly a senior religious authority in al-Shabab.


Born in Somalia, Mū‘min arrived to the United Kingdom in 2005 – 2006, having 1990-2003 lived in a north-eastern district Angered of Gothenburg, Sweden.[1] While in the UK, he preached at Masjid Quba in Leicester and the Greenwich Islamic Centre in London. In 2010, he took part in a press conference alongside the ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg for the charity CAGE (organisation), which was launching a report criticizing Western anti-terror tactics in East Africa.[2]

A few months later he fled to Somalia, after coming under investigation by MI5 for radicalising young men.[3] He joined al-Shabaab and publicly burned his British passport before a crowd of supporters in a mosque.[3]

On 22 October 2015 he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State, creating the "Islamic State in Somalia" (Abnaa ul-Calipha).[4][5][6] He is located in the Galgala region, in Puntland, Somalia.

On 31 August 2016 he was designated as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' by the United States Department of State.[7][8]


  1. ^ Magnus Ranstorp, Filip Ahlin, Peder Hyllengren, Magnus Normark. Mellan salafism och salafistisk jihadism - Påverkan mot och utmaningar för det svenska samhället (PDF). 2018: Swedish Defence University. p. 95. 
  2. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/orange-bearded-jihadi-general-spreading-isis-brand-somalia-453964
  3. ^ a b "British extremist preacher linked to Lee Rigby killer emerges as head of Islamic State in Somalia". 
  4. ^ Zelin, Aaron Y. (22 October 2015). "New audio message from Shaykh 'Abd al-Qādir Mū 'min: "Bay'ah From Him and a Group of Mujāhidīn of Somalia to the Caliph of the Muslims Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī"". 
  5. ^ "Shabaab's leadership fights Islamic State's attempted expansion in East Africa - The Long War Journal". 
  6. ^ "Small group of Somali al Shabaab swear allegiance to Islamic State". 23 October 2015 – via Reuters. 
  7. ^ https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/143210.htm
  8. ^ https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/08/us-adds-islamic-state-commander-in-somalia-to-list-of-global-terrorists.php

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